Description. Two parallel lines of three posts each create a 1.5-m (5-ft- wide) corridor. The posts in each line are separated a minimum of 2.5 m (8 ft) from each other, and are aligned with the posts on the other line. A glass is placed upside down on the tip of each of the last posts in the corridor.
Execution. The rider advances through the corridor and halts between the end posts to pick up a glass. The rider then reins back in a reverse slalom around the middle post on one side of the corridor from which he/she removed the glass and halts between the entrance posts to deposit the glass on the tip of the post at the entrance of the corridor corresponding with the side from which the glass was retrieved.The horse must halt between the posts, showing immobility when the rider picks up the glass from the post and places the glass upside down on the top of the first post. To complete the obstacle, the horse must rein back fully to exit (i.e., all four feet) from the last pair of posts or entrance flags if included.If the glass is dropped, Novice (L2/L3) riders must dismount, retrieve the glass, remount with the glass in hand, and replace it on the post or receive a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate (L4) through Masters (L7) riders must dismount, retrieve, remount, and place the glass or be disqualified. If the post that the glass is to be placed on is knocked down, Novice riders have the option of dismounting, resetting the post, remounting, and replacing the glass, or receive a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate through Masters riders must dismount, reset the post, remount, and place the glass on the post.This obstacle is not performed at the Children or Introductory (L1) levels. At the Novice (L2/L3) levels, the horse and rider rein back straight between the posts without performing a slalom.
Assessment Criteria (EOH). The Judge should consider the quality of the gait and the halt transition. The Judge will evaluate the fluidity of the horse’s movements and its response to the use of the aids, enabling the obstacle to be performed with maximum smoothness and accuracy. The horse should remain immobile in the halt; failure to do so will result in a negative mark. Touching any of the poles will result in a negative score. Bumping a post without knocking it over will result in a lower score. Knocking over a post will result in a negative score. Failure to replace the glass on the designated post will result in disqualification. Exiting the destination end of the corridor with all four feet will result in a disqualification. The Judge will give a lower mark to a horse that drags its feet during the rein back.